Archive for the ‘Religion As Design Fault’ Category

Buggy Software

If there is one common argument for religion that has little merit, it is the appeal to the near-universal human predilection for religion. When almost everybody believes something, this can have only two explanations: either the truth of that something is so overwhelmingly obvious as to be undeniable by all but the perverse; or else […]

Posted on March 29, 2009 at 08:47 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · 3 Comments
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Feeling Is Not Cognition

People complain that we think too much and feel too little. In fact it is the other way round. Any culture that follows the verb “to feel”, not only with a direct object but also with the conjunction “that”, thus making a propositional statement, is necessarily in big trouble. “Feeling” that something is or is […]

Posted on April 1, 2009 at 13:44 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · 2 Comments
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Racism And Rheumatism

It has recently been suggested that what we call racism is a runaway process starting from something that is biologically adaptive but taken way too far, in much the same way as obesity is what happens when the body’s legitimate needs for fats and sugars meet modern refined food. We seem hardwired to be inordinately […]

Posted on April 11, 2009 at 08:43 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Pulling Our Strings

It is old news that when we have an infection, our bodies do things that are of no value to ourselves but considerable value to the vectors of the infection; “coughs and sneezes spread diseases”, just as our mothers taught us, and that is why they happen. The disease makes us do things in its […]

Posted on April 19, 2009 at 08:29 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · 3 Comments
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Catching The Religious Cold

I am not particularly enthusiastic about meme theory, at any rate when it becomes a monovariable explanation. Religion is certainly something done to most of us, but that is not the same as it being done to all of us; the danger of meme theory is that it may get the profiteers from religion off […]

Posted on April 24, 2009 at 11:48 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · One Comment
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The Meaning Bug

Our heads are not tabula rasa, open to considering the world without prejudice; information can only be processed by the brain designs that we actually possess. Natural selection in the human social environment may have produced an organised cognitive system responsible for the illusion of both personal immortality and personal destiny. There is experimental evidence […]

Posted on May 3, 2009 at 09:40 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Conspiracy Theorists

I have not yet read Jamie Bartlett’s book The power of unreason: Conspiracy theories, extremism and counter-terrorism, but I gather from reviews that he emphasises the way in which conspiracy theories tie the group together against an external enemy. The glue is the delusions of fighting an existential struggle against an evil threat. I should […]

Posted on April 9, 2012 at 09:05 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · One Comment
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